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How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in four semesters (two years)

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 1 (All concentrations)
  • Spring: November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer: March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)

Master of Music, Concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance, M.Mu.

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl


The Master of Music with a concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance program prepares students as advanced performers on orchestral instruments. Successful applicants demonstrate high levels of proficiency and potential for success as career performers. Graduates may be qualified for teaching at the college level or privately, or for performing professionally as soloists, members of large ensembles or chamber musicians.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Program Highlights
  • Graduate Assistantships Available (Full Tuition plus Stipend)
  • Leads to prestigious careers in performance, teaching and/or placement in doctoral programs
  • Performance opportunities at professional conferences, conventions, and competitions such as GMEA, the Percussive Arts International Convention (PASIC), North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), International Navy Band Symposium, International Double Reed Society (IDRS), International Clarinet Association (ICA), National Trumpet Conference, American Trombone Workshop, International Euphonium Tuba Festival, as well as at regional and national MTNA Competitions, etc.
  • Professional performance opportunities with local and regional orchestras, contemporary chamber ensembles, church organizations, and other professional groups as well as numerous teaching opportunities within the metropolitan Atlanta region
  • GSU hosts internationally acclaimed guest artists every year, including recent guests George Lewis, Caroline Shaw, John Luther Adams, Eric Whitacre, and is host to many guest artists and participants from across the US at events such as Double Reed Day, Trumpet and Trombone Day, Brass Day, and Atlanta Saxophone Day

Program Details

Required University Application Materials (https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/):

  • Transcript(s): Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The institution logo and your name must be present on the copies. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance into the program.
  • Official TOEFL/IELT Scores (international applicants only): Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL scores.
  • Personal/Goal Statement: Please provide a statement of your educational and career goals (be as specific as possible).
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Slate application.
  • Writing Sample: Provide a scholarly/research paper on a subject in the field of music of a level of intellectual and critical engagement appropriate to graduate-level work.
  • Letters of recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of the 2 recommenders within the application. An electronic recommendation request will be sent to recommenders, and recommendation letters must be submitted via this request. It is strongly advised that letters of recommendation are completed before the application deadline and are written within the last year. Recommendations submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.
  • GPA: Students considered for admission into the graduate program generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

School of Music Application Materials (https://app.getacceptd.com/gsu): Complete the “Start an Application” fields to view your specific application and audition requirements for the School of Music

  • Audition: Requirements can be found here
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Acceptd application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in music, or the equivalent. Graduate Assistantships will be determined by both academic success and musical ability.

Orchestral Instrument Performance
APXX 8001 Applied Music I
APXX 8002 Applied Music II
APXX 8003 Applied Music III
APXX 8004 Applied Music IV
MUS 6940/41Orchestral Literature
MUS 7060, 7070 Large Ensembles
MUS 7110-7150 Chamber Ensembles
MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies
MUS 8490 Chamber Recital
MUS 8590 Solo Recital
8000-level course in music history
graduate-level course in music theory
Five credit hours of graduate-level electives in music
Comprehensive examination

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

The Georgia State School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from a graduate degree include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.



The graduate programs at the School of Music prepare students for competitive careers in performance, conducting, composition and music education.

Highlights include one-on-one lessons and mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, 100% job placement in the field of music education, successful placement in prestigious doctoral programs, the opportunity to network with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, practical experience from conferences to international music festival participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner pedagogical experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as solo performance artists, composers, placement in prestigious professional classical, jazz and operatic ensembles, private, K-12, college music educators, scholars and entrepreneurs, among others.


Graduate Director

Dr. Lara Saville Dahl


Administrative Specialist, Graduate

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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